Ronaleen ‘Crocky’ Murphy is a North Queensland diehard who has already spent more than $22,000 to see the team play this year – but jokes the cost is okay because she’s only spending her child’s inheritance .
A die-hard cowboy fan since the club’s inception in 1995, Murphy flies 1,000km from her outback home in Mount Isa to Townsville for every home game.
‘That is much [of money] — Flights, accommodation, meals, our memberships. Oh, and my husband likes to have a beer at the games,” she told ABC.
“We’ve worked hard all our lives, so who cares? It is only the inheritance of the children.”
The football-loving Queenslander has also invested in some essential good luck charms, including a blue watch, a ring and her jeweled Cowboys cross.
“Some people have tried to buy it from me, but no price has ever turned me away,” she said of the cross.
The super fan runs a shop in Mount Isa and even designed the company’s blue and gold uniform as a tribute to the team she loves.
Murphy says she prayed for a miracle when her team lost to Cronulla in this year’s qualifying finals.
“We were down on points but I’ve been praying with my Cowboys cross that I hold every time they play,” she said.
“All I knew was that they had the guts and tenacity to come back and win that game.”
The Cowboys won 32-30 when Valentine Holmes scored a sweeping field goal in the 92nd minute after two overtime periods – and Ms Murphy was overjoyed.
She secured her ticket to the provisional final at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, where her team will take on the Parramatta Eels on Friday night – and is so confident of victory that she has already booked flights and tickets for the grand final.
“I’m going for the boys and my tickets are refundable. So if they don’t come in [to the grand final]they will go back for someone else to enjoy.’